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There But For The
There But For The: A Novel | Ali Smith
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From the award-winning author of Hotel World and The Accidental, a dazzling, funny, and wonderfully exhilarating new novel.At a dinner party in the posh London suburb of Greenwich, Miles Garth suddenly leaves the table midway through the meal, locks himself in an upstairs room, and refuses to leave. An eclectic group of neighbors and friends slowly gathers around the house, and Miless story is told from the points of view of four of them: Anna, a woman in her forties; Mark, a man in his sixties; May, a woman in her eighties; and a ten-year-old named Brooke. The thing is, none of these people knows Miles more than slightly. How much is it possible for us to know about a stranger? And what are the consequences of even the most casual, fleeting moments we share every day with one another? Brilliantly audacious, disarmingly playful, and full of Smiths trademark wit and puns, There but for the is a deft exploration of the human need for separationfrom our pasts and from one anotherand the redemptive possibilities for connection. It is a tour de force by one of our finest writers.
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Kazzie
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She‘s a great writer, so I enjoyed this book. I wanted more detail about the man who locks himself in the room - he seems kind and well adjusted in everyone‘s telling or interactions with him - is that why he does it? For a break from reality? Some characters are horrible, but mostly kind and funny and normal people

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AnneCecilie
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Once there was a man who followed a friend to a dinner party. While there, the man decides to lock himself in the spare room and refuse to come out. Fact, we follow some people close to him and the house over the following days and months and see how his decision influence many.

This is a typical Smith novel, playing with language and words. Looking at art. Looking at people connecting to each other.

4th book read for #JoysOfJune
@Andrew65

sarahbarnes I‘ve been wanting to read this forever! I love her. 4mo
Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 4mo
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AnneCecilie
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The fact is, imagine a man sitting on an exercise bike in a spare room.

#FirstLineFridays
@ShyBookOwl

JohnLAndBenji The People We Meet On Vacation by Emily Henry. “ON VACATION, YOU can be anyone you want.” 4mo
Graywacke An Ali Smith I need to read. Great first line. 4mo
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EadieB
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So I have been seeing this one on my book groups I‘m in on Facebook. Think it would be fun to start on here. Rules are simple if you're tagged post a pic of a book you own with the color. Pick the next color and tag some people. #ispy
@HoneyBeeLee

Thanks for the tag @Eggs

The next color is red.

Eggs Most welcome 🙏🏻 @EadieB 3y
Crazeedi 👍 3y
gradcat Thanks @EadieB ... I‘ll find something red! 2y
EadieB @Crazeedi check your email. 2y
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ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled
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Help, all Littens who rave about this book!
Am I missing something?
I tried the audiobook (listened to about 20%) and found this completely incoherent.
Should I just read it instead? Or is it really just incoherent?

Cathythoughts I don‘t know this book ... but I didn‘t like Autumn 🤷🏻‍♀️ 4y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled @Cathythoughts I have that in my TBR. In fact, I have a lot of her stuff in my TBR because I just KNEW I‘d love everything of hers. 🤦‍♀️ Not so sure now. 4y
Cathythoughts Oh I know the way ... We are enthusiastic readers 😉 4y
BookishTrish I‘d go with print 4y
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emilyhaldi
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When you think you've finally found a place for all of your books in your new home but then you find one more box in the basement... 🤪

CometReadings Haha...that's so me! 😂 4y
saresmoore Been there! 4y
Leftcoastzen Yep! 4y
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readordierachel Ha! This *just* happened to me last week. 4y
Aswenson Frustrating and exciting all rolled into one box! 😜 4y
Reviewsbylola Bet Alex was THRILLED. 4y
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Moray_Reads
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1. JRR Tolkien
2. There But For The by Ali Smith
3. To Kill a Mockingbird
4. Tea
#lettert #manicmonday @ joscho

JoScho 🖤🖤🖤 4y
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Emilymdxn
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This was so much better than I was expecting! After really not getting along with How to be Both I really enjoyed this. It was like the closest thing I‘ve ever read to a modern Virginia Woolf. The characters were amazing, particularly Brook, and I almost never relate to child characters so she must have been really well done. Quietly profound, amazingly socially observed and never pretentious. A total masterpiece

vivastory Completely agree with you. This is tied for my favorite Smith with 4y
Emilymdxn @vivastory amazing I‘ll add it to my list! 4y
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Emilymdxn
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Incredible book so far. The long description of the awful, awful dinner party with all the slightly different right wing viewpoints and the endless squabbling between people that goes round in circles is making my Home Counties hair stand up on end. I don‘t think I‘ve read anything that portrays that kind of society so accurately (and bone chillingly).

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Emilymdxn
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I‘ve had mixed experiences of Ali Smith but enjoying this one a lot so far!

erzascarletbookgasm The blurb sounds good. Look forward to your thoughts. 🙂 4y
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Booksnchill
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Loved this book! Imagine you are giving a dinner party and an acquaintance arrives with a friend in tow. Then imagine that friend leaves the table and locks himself in your guest room. Especially in today‘s world what a media sensation! In Ali Smith fashion this hops between narratives- my favorites were May the old woman in a care home and Brooke the precocious 10 year old girl. Good on audio as well as I switched back and forth. 4⭐️#femmeuary

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saresmoore
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Ali Smith can take the ordinary #9to5 and turn it into to something almost magical. Her words and her characters swept me up into these strangely intertwined stories and left me with a smirking appreciation of life‘s devastatingly quirky mundanity.

#FierceFeb

Cinfhen Great photo and lovely book description 5y
emilyhaldi Agreed 👆🏻 can't wait to read this one! 5y
merelybookish That cover is so pretty. My copy has a bright yellow dust jacket and title in black. 5y
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saresmoore @emilyhaldi I really liked this one. Although, I‘ve really liked everything of hers that I‘ve read! 5y
saresmoore @Cinfhen Thank you! ♥️ 5y
saresmoore @merelybookish I had to scour AbeBooks to find this cover in good shape—worth it—and I think it only cost me about $5! 5y
emilyhaldi I was on a roll with Ali Smith too until I read this one, and unfortunately wasn't a fan. Have you read it? I will continue to read everything else of hers though 🙂 5y
saresmoore @emilyhaldi I haven‘t read that one yet. I‘ve actually been hesitant to try it for some reason. Thank you for the heads up—I won‘t rush to read it! 5y
batsy You've intrigued me with that description. And agreed, that cover is lovely! This is where I shamefully admit I've never read Ali Smith. Do you recommend a particular book to start with? 5y
saresmoore @batsy Autumn is such a beautiful book. I don‘t think you could go wrong starting with that one. 5y
batsy Excellent, thanks! I keep glancing longingly at the cover in the store... Time to get it :) 5y
Moray_Reads @batsy oh, I love Ali so much. She's a joy and a delight and a marvel 5y
vivastory @batsy I wholeheartedly second @Moray_Reads 5y
saresmoore @Moray_Reads Well said. 5y
ValerieAndBooks I‘ll have to look for this — cool title, too! 5y
saresmoore @ValerieAndBooks Oh, I think you‘ll love it! Lots of clever wordplay with even more heart. 5y
batsy @Moray_Reads @vivastory ❤️ I really don't know why I havent read her yet! I definitely will 5y
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ClairesReads
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Ali Smith nailed how I feel about going back to work (at a girls high school) on Monday 😬🙃

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Books_Wine_Repeat
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A dinner guest locks himself in a room and refuses to leave. The story is really about the people at that dinner and how their lives are connected to the man in the room. It‘s beautifully written. I can‘t wait to read Autumn. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Redwritinghood
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The blurb says this is about a man locking himself in a bedroom during a dinner party. It's not. It's really about how four individuals experience and remember the world differently. They each have different memories about the man in the room - from long ago and tinted with nostalgia, recent but blurred by old age, young but obsessed with detail. A great exploration of human experience and how our understanding of the world and memories are shaped

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Redwritinghood
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Up next on audiobook! I read and loved her book Autumn, so am hoping this is just as good. I'm finding lots of good things on Hoopla lately.

Lindy Yay! I love this one. 5y
vivastory I loved this one 5y
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hlgreenfield
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This is a very weird book, but I am really enjoying it so far! It's a weird, but fun and entertaining read - definitely different. Let's see how I like it in the end.

I love that the cover is a David Hockney painting! I love his art.

DeborahSmall I loved it ! 💕 5y
hlgreenfield @DeborahSmall I just finished it! It was amazing!! 💕😍 5y
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erinreads
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Kicking off the first of a nine day vacation from work! Only solid plans so far are to eat and read and hang out with my husband and cat. So... perfect vacation, am I right? 👌🏻

Moray_Reads And a fantastic book! 5y
Lmstraubie 👍 5y
kspenmoll Perfect! 5y
Ashley_Nicoletto Yes! Staycations are the best! Enjoy! 5y
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BarbaraBB
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Another one of which I had high hopes, but which turned out unsatisfying. A man, Miles, locks himself up in the house of the family Lee. We don't know why. In four parts four people are described who more or less know Miles. However, we learn nothing of his motives and neither about the family in whose home he stays. They seem quite strange, and interesting, as does Miles himself, but these lines are not worked out. Disappointing! #1001books

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Moray_Reads
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I've read some amazing books this year. Some have been masterpieces and some haven't but have touched me anyway. These are my 5-star reads #sofar

TobeyTheScavengerMonk You are not helping me convince myself that I don't need that Last Days of New Paris cover that is 1000 times cooler than the boring US one. 5y
Moray_Reads @TobeyTheScavengerMonk the US one is awfully generic. Maybe they thought that people would be put off by the surrealism? Not a sensible thought, though, considering the contents... 5y
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merelybookish
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Two women writers who push the boundaries of narrative fiction. Two bright #yellowcovers.
#riotgrams @bookriot

vivastory I really need to check out Miranda July. Carrie Brownstein mentions her numerous times in her memoir. 5y
merelybookish @vivastory Her stuff is pretty weird. I havent read this collection but I really liked her novel The First Bad Man. Her stuff is pretty weird and I can imagine someone not liking it. But her weirdness is also super honest and fearless which I appreciate. 5y
vivastory @merelybookish I enjoy weird. It was her novel that sounded really interesting to me. Will definitely be looking into it. 5y
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erzascarletbookgasm This can be a #textonlycover prompt 😊 5y
Lindy Ooo! Nice pairing. I loved both of these. 5y
merelybookish @erzascarletbookgasm Right! Who needs pictures when you have a bold yellow cover. 5y
merelybookish @Lindy They are both on my #tbr but have really like some of their other books. 5y
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saresmoore
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SO MUCH PICK! Words fail me. See @vivastory 's review because it's brilliant, not to mention much more coherent than this.

I ended up rereading many portions as I went along just to put it all together. Talk about nuance! There was SO MUCH to pick up along the way and I loved every bit of it.

Moray_Reads Isn't it just incredible? I just want to read it again. I'm so glad you enjoyed it ❤ 6y
Lindy I can't pick a favourite Ali Smith, but this one is among them. (edited) 6y
saresmoore @Lindy @Moray_Reads I got goosebumps at the end as I remembered the very beginning. It just all came together so beautifully. Few authors I've read can write so effectively, un-self-consciously, and humbly with that level of intention. I'm floored. 6y
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Lindy @saresmoore 😀😀😀 6y
shawnmooney I'm dying to read this one! 6y
saresmoore @shawnmooney I can say with near certainty that you will enjoy it. 6y
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DeborahSmall
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Fantastic! I've never read anything like it. 'But' and 'the' my favourite parts of the book. Looking forward to reading more Ali Smith. How are you getting on @saresmoore ?

emilyhaldi I'm intrigued by this book after seeing posts about it by so many littens! May have to give it a try ☝🏻 6y
saresmoore @DeborahSmall Slowly, but surely! My kids have made reading extra difficult during the bananas Daylight Savings time change (why do we do it?!) I just finished "for" last night and was surprised by how much I loved it. I love how she's making the character connections unconventionally. 6y
DeborahSmall @saresmoore we have DST at the end of March, love gaining an hour hate losing one!! 6y
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saresmoore
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"Everything is so neat it's a kind of proof, though he's not sure yet what of. The sizes of the chairs in the lounge, new to the backs of his legs, are a kind of proof. The foreign fall of the cloth on the table is proof. The dark wood furniture in the room is proof."

Memory, potentially unreliable narration, perspective & subject shifts, pages-long parenthetical reminiscences: Smith does it all with remarkable aplomb.

ApoptyGina69 I just finished "But" yesterday and I think I'll get the rest done tonight. Enjoying it so much! Silly me for putting it aside for so long. Still at work, so I'll comment more completely in a little while. 6y
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vivastory
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The novel's four sections follows four different characters (two women, a man & a precocious girl) connected in various ways to a man, Miles, who disappears into a guest room during an increasingly confrontational & uncomfortable dinner party. Instead of focusing on the reason behind Miles disappearance, Smith's concerns are wide ranging. The unreliability of memory, the generosity & kindness of strangers, personal loss & historical tragedies. 👇

vivastory Music plays an important role in this book. The predominant tone is that of playful seriousness. However, it is stunning to witness Smith's masterful ability to effortlessly swerve from wordplay to difficult emotional truths & necessary social criticism. The concept of this book would easily allow a lesser author to dwell on absurdity or simple class criticism. It is no small feat that this work is emotionally balanced 👇 6y
vivastory & it is testament to Smith as a writer of the highest order. I, for one, feel blessed to be alive, while she is publishing. 6y
saresmoore 👏👏👏Yes and amen to it all. Perfectly stated. 6y
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BooksForEmpathy Oooh!! Yes. All the chills from your review and also love her so much. 6y
Moray_Reads @vivastory Bravo! You capture it perfectly. I thought it was incredible. It's right up there with my favorites of this year. I ❤ Ali Smith. 6y
rohit-sawant Wonderful review!! 6y
vivastory @saresmoore I look forward to hearing your thoughts on it 6y
vivastory @BooksForEmpathy I've read only two books by her but she has quickly become one of my favorite living authors 6y
vivastory @Moray_Reads Thank you! This was a 5 star book for me for sure. I can't wait to read more of her work. 6y
vivastory @rohit-sawant Thank you! 6y
DeborahSmall Great review. I'm absolutely loving it. When I finish I'll just direct people to your review 👍🏻 6y
vivastory @DeborahSmall Thanks! I can't wait to read more work by her. 6y
Hobbinol 👍🏻 6y
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saresmoore
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*Would he be testing whether he'd be missed / would such inversion mean he'd not exist?* this was interesting, because usually she was much ruder and cruder than she was being this morning. Also, it was quite unusual for her to ask questions. Questions demanded an answer, didn't they? They asked for a response.

saresmoore @DeborahSmall @vivastory @ApoptyGina69 Her writing is so self-aware, it's as if the words glimmer with wit. And yet, there's so much honesty, it's like we're getting a warts-and-all image of the mind of Ali Smith. Even her warts are endearing. 6y
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vivastory
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But if Princess Anne was going to all the bother of getting married, the least they could do was make sure their children got to see history happen in colour. (May Young is baffled by the younger generation's use of cellphones but this is her thought when her family first purchases a color TV.)

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DeborahSmall
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Today's #readandeat I've just ate about 20 of these. Thankfully you don't get more in box as they are so addictive! #marchintoreading ❤️📚☕️

KarenUK They sound delish! 😋 6y
mjdowens I have an entire plastic tin. I found that taking them to work to eat when the afternoon yawns hit works the best for me. Darn addicting is what they are😂 6y
Suet624 I'd be up all night. 6y
DeborahSmall @mjdowens I'd love to get a tin of them ! @KarenUK they are so tasty and @suet624 I think I will be up all night. I was eating them whilst watching Sophie's football match, forgetting I was eating caffeine while drinking a triple shot latte!! 6y
Suet624 Oh no! Inconceivable that you didn't start running around the field. 6y
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vivastory
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Google is so strange. It promises everything, but everything isn't there. You type in the words for what you need, and what you need becomes superfluous in an instant, shadowed instantaneously by the things you really need, and none of them answerable by Google.

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vivastory
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That didn't scan at all well. She was upset. Interesting, though, that she'd taken to iambic pentameter. A very cultured lady, Faye.

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saresmoore
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I'm not sure if the photo depicts it well, but I really appreciate the formatting of this edition. Narrow side margins and a fat one at the bottom mimic the cover design. It probably has nothing to do with the story, but it's neat. Are your editions similar, @DeborahSmall & @vivastory ?

ApoptyGina69 Interesting. Mine is not like that. Quite even on all margins, bright yellow cover, pub by Pantheon. This is one of my #currentread selections, but I've only read "There" so far. 6y
LitLogophile Love this 6y
vivastory I have the same edition as @ApoptyGina69 l. The margins do seem to be unique though 6y
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saresmoore @ApoptyGina69 I think you're about on pace with us, then! Please do join in our unstructured discussions. @vivastory @DeborahSmall 6y
saresmoore @lostlogophile I picked this edition for the cover art—turns out it's actually an iPad drawing! 6y
LitLogophile Very cool! 6y
DeborahSmall My edition has the same format as yours Sara although published by Hamish Hamilton 6y
ApoptyGina69 @saresmoore Great! I will. I sort of set it aside to read The Underground Railroad, but I finished that, so I'll get back to Ali. Thanks! 6y
Hobbinol You are so perceptive... as usual😊 6y
saresmoore Aw, shucks, @Hobbinol ! ☺️😘 6y
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saresmoore
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Genevieve Lee is absolutely despicable and yet totally believable.

I meant to post this yesterday, but got caught up!

Lindy Thank you for reminding me how much I love the writing in this book! 👍 6y
saresmoore @Lindy I'm hopeful that reading enough Ali Smith will affect the cadence of my own words and thoughts. 6y
DeborahSmall I'm loving her style of writing 6y
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Lindy @saresmoore Ha! I appreciate that aspiration. Learn from a master. 😀 6y
saresmoore @DeborahSmall She just takes you on a ride. 6y
vivastory @saresmoore @DeborahSmall I can't help but think of general Lee when I see her name. She is despicable, I've known a few people like her. Her rationale for her annual dinner parties bothered me too. It was like she was treating other groups as exotic creatures to observe for awhile & then she'd send them on their way. 6y
saresmoore @vivastory Yes, that narcissism and middle class entitlement is all-too-prevalent. I love Smith's treatment if it, though... "Gen and Eric" 6y
DeborahSmall @vivastory @saresmoore her wordplay is fantastic. Oh the annual dinner thing painted such a great picture of middle class entitlement at its best. She's really a loathsome bitch. I'm loving it 6y
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vivastory
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You do, actually, he says, because ABBA songs, as anyone who knows knows, are constructed, technically and harmonically, so as to physically imprint the human brain as if biting it with acid, to ensure we will never, ever, ever, be able to forget them.

Leniverse Truth! The absolute and terrible truth about ABBA songs! Avoid exposure at any cost. Avoid! Avoid! 6y
DeborahSmall I had the song in my head after reading that part! So true 6y
vivastory @Leniverse @DeborahSmall I can think of a few other pop music groups that this would also be applicable for 6y
Hobbinol Those swedes really do smack of a strange abba-riginal power! 6y
vivastory @hobbinol 😂 too true 6y
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vivastory
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...Anna had woken up a couple of weeks ago in the middle of her forties in the middle of the night, from a dream in which she saw her own heart behind its ribcage. It was having great trouble beating because it was heavily crusted over with a caul made of what looked like the stuff we clean out of the corners of our eyes in the mornings when we wake up.

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vivastory
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Strange phrase, to rain blows. Somewhere over the rainblow.

Suet624 😁 6y
saresmoore She does some really fun wordplay. "Singe" as an intentional email typo, for example. I love it. 6y
vivastory @saresmoore I completely agree. This is an interesting read so far. She has a broad range & is able to effortlessly swerve from playfulness to more serious topics. 6y
saresmoore Great observation, @vivastory. 6y
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DeborahSmall
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@vivastory @saresmoore getting ready to start this ❤️👍🏻

saresmoore Great! 6y
DeborahSmall @saresmoore I'll hopefully have some thoughts tomorrow 😘 6y
ReadingEnvy 😍 6y
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saresmoore
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I've just read the first twenty pages of this and it's unexpected and dazzling. It's my first Ali Smith! Have you started reading yet, @vivastory & @DeborahSmall ?

DeborahSmall I'm about 3/4 through Midwinter and then I'm going to start. My mother in law has had a bad week in hospital. I'm not sure if she's going to be allowed home or put into the hospice for a while. So only reading at bedtime. Should get few hours in tomorrow and have it started by tomorrow night ❤️😘 6y
saresmoore @DeborahSmall So sorry to hear that. Absolutely no rush on the book. I will be thinking of and praying for you and your family this week. 💞 6y
DeborahSmall Thank you xxx. I'll let you know as soon as I start 💕 6y
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shawnmooney Oh oh oh – I'm so jealous! I read her latest – Autumn – a few months back and it blew me out of the water! @DeborahSmall - sorry to hear that! 😍 6y
CherylDeFranceschi ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️Love this book! 6y
DeborahSmall @shawnmooney I just bought Autumn too and about 4 other Ali Smith's,I plan on reading all her books this year. Midwinter is stunning in its simplicity, I'm loving it. On page 149 ❤️ 6y
vivastory @DeborahSmall I'm so sorry to hear about your mother in law. 6y
vivastory @saresmoore I haven't started yet, I might tonight. It's been the work week from hell. Hoping to get some quality reading in during the following few days. 6y
DeborahSmall @vivastory She's been hospitalised over 2 weeks now but she's in the best place at the minute, she was diagnosed terminal last April and it's a miracle she's still with us. But the cancer has spread quickly in the last 4 months so it looks like we're in for a tough few months. Lucky I have Litsy and my books for well needed escapism ❤️ 6y
vivastory @DeborahSmall Books & community are the best medicine. 6y
BooksForEmpathy Love Ali Smith oh my. 6y
Cinfhen Sorry to hear about your MIL @DeborahSmall sending 💗 6y
Cinfhen I've never read Ali Smith, which book should I start with? 6y
ApoptyGina69 I've read the first 2 stories and set it aside for some reason. I like it and I'm looking forward to a full novel. 6y
DeborahSmall @Cinfhen Thanks Cindy it's been a crappy couple of years. @vivastory @saresmoore and I are starting There But for The, this week. Sara has started and I'll hopefully start tonight,you're welcome to join us 💕 6y
Cinfhen If I get a copy quick enough I will thanks 😘and really sorry about your MIL . I hope she's not in pain and suffering 😢 6y
saresmoore @BooksForEmpathy @CherylDeFranceschi @shawnmooney I'm amazed by how nuanced her writing is. Something will make me say, "Huh," and then a paragraph or two later, it makes sense. 6y
saresmoore @Cinfhen I decided to start with this one because Ali herself said that she considered it to be her favorite. Please do join us! We are approaching it casually, so you may feel free to jump in at any time. :) 6y
Cinfhen Thanks, hope to join u guys and glad you are enjoying the novel @saresmoore 💜 (edited) 6y
LauraBeth So sorry to hear @DeborahSmall - praying for y'all 💕💕 6y
LauraBeth I can't see on my phone ☹️ what's the tat say? 6y
saresmoore @LauraBeth It says "be still," the reminder I need most! Be still, my heart, and know... You know it must be an important one when it's right out there where both of my grandmothers have seen it! 6y
LauraBeth @saresmoore ❤ it! I bought this a while ago and need to hang it 😀(it's the one that says Be Still And Know): https://styleblueprint.com/nashville/everyday/barn-leipers-fork/ (edited) 6y
saresmoore @LauraBeth It's gorgeous! 6y
DeborahSmall Lovely tattoo. I'm getting an infinity symbol gone wrong re-covered with something bookish and a quote somewhere else. 6y
saresmoore @DeborahSmall My next one will be a minimalist interpretation of the Fibonacci spiral. I would love a bookish tattoo, as well! @vivastory has introduced me to some great ideas. 6y
saresmoore @DeborahSmall I think tattoo artists like me because it's like playing a game of connect-the-dots. ☺️ 6y
DeborahSmall That sounds really cool. I have a big tattoo on my lower back. Had spinal surgery a couple of years ago and don't know how the surgeon matched the bottom point of my sun/compass perfectly lol. I was dreading it. My infinity symbol is my 4 kids names, my 3 and my stepdaughter. Now for a laugh. I found out this time last year my husband has a daughter in US 😂 from way before he met me. So now it feels unfair. My life = tragicomedy the last 4 years 6y
vivastory @saresmoore How many tattoos do you have? 6y
saresmoore @DeborahSmall Well said! Tattoos are great storytellers. But, gosh, I think you're due for a month-long holiday. 6y
saresmoore @vivastory Just two so far. I have a larger one around/above my left shoulder blade. I like simple, black ink, but I'm waiting for the right artist for my next tattoo since it needs to be very precise. 6y
DeborahSmall I need my left shoulder redone. It's my favourite. @vivastory any good tattoo recs? 6y
saresmoore @vivastory What was the title of the book about bookish tattoos that you found? 6y
DeborahSmall @vivastory thank you 😘 6y
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Ali Smith understands

CherylDeFranceschi I love this book so hard! 6y
shawnmooney ❤❤❤ I've only read "Autumn" so far, and it blew my mind: I think this is going to be my next one… (edited) 6y
Moray_Reads @shawnmooney She's relentlessly, astonishingly good. This was my fifth and favourite 6y
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I ❤ Ali Smith. This is my favourite yet. During a dinner party with strangers Miles Garth locks himself in a bedroom for months. From there we catch poignant, fractured glimpses of his life (and their own) from people who have only glancingly touched it. It begs the question by what and by whom can we truly be known? The book is just so FULL. Full of ideas and wordplay, full of compassion, and sadness and joy. Quietly devastating and yet...

DeborahSmall I'm waiting on this coming in the post ❤️ 6y
Moray_Reads @DeborahSmall I loved it so much I wish there were more hearts I could use to express it! 💘❤💓💔💕💖💗💙💚💛💜💝💞💟 6y
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DeborahSmall Great it will be top of my TBR when it arrives. I'm waiting on 3 of her novels 6y
Moray_Reads @DeborahSmall I've read How To Be Both, Autumn, Public Library, Girl Meets Boy and There But For The and I've loved every one 6y
saresmoore @DeborahSmall Mine's on its way, too. I'm really excited to read it! 6y
DeborahSmall @Moray_Reads I'm waiting on this one,The Accidental and Hotel World need to order Public Library and Autumn too. @saresmoore be good to read around same time. I'll tag you when it arrives x 6y
vivastory @saresmoore @DeborahSmall I have this one checked out from the library right now, we should have a buddy read 6y
saresmoore @vivastory I love that idea. @DeborahSmall Do let me know! I should have a few other reads finished by mid-week and will have the book by then. 6y
DeborahSmall @vivastory @saresmoore sounds good. Should be here this week 6y
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I just placed an order via AbeBooks with some Valentine's Day money (Thanks, Mom!) and almost 100% of the credit/blame can be shared by @shawnmooney and @vivastory . Thanks to you both for being readers, thinkers, and sharers of wisdom!

Okay, I'll stop gushing all over Litsy now.

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vivastory Wonderful! I hope you like Mayakovsky & Christensen. I thought this looked really interesting 6y
saresmoore @vivastory That sounds wholly original and fascinating. I think it would be neat to read in conjunction with his poetry. 6y
Moray_Reads I 💜 Abebooks! 6y
saresmoore @Moray_Reads This is my first order with them. I was impressed by the selection and they source from some of my favorite online booksellers! How convenient to do it all in one place. 6y
Moray_Reads My basket is full to bursting at the moment but I MUST rest done of the books I already have first! 6y
LeahBergen Abe Books is so great! 6y
saresmoore @LeahBergen I was amazed by just how much they have! It's ideal for cover snobs and collectors. 6y
BeckyD I love Abe Books. Thriftbooks is great, too. 6y
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didn't realize how both of these books are yellow and texty until looking through my books today. #booktober #yellow #textonlycover

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I missed the #SeptPhotoChallenge yesterday, but the #bookrainbow theme was so much fun I had to make my own a day late. Of these, I haven't yet read Jane Eyre (I know!) or Honeydew.
#SomethingforSept

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The title is a little minimalistic, too.

#augustphotochallenge
#minimalisticcovers

TheSpinecrackersBookClub Perfect fit! 6y
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I've got my summer stack ready. Good mix of books on sale and used bookstore finds. Starting with an Ali Smith!

LA_Mead Nice stack! 6y
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